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Oath
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I. Religious Studies – II. Old Testament – III. Judaism – IV. New Testament – V. Church History – VI. Ethics – VII. Law

I. Religious Studies

As a solemn affirmation of a statement, an oath takes its religious quality from the underlying belief in the power of words to effect a blessing or curse (Blessing and curse). Therefore the early phenomenology of religion classed oaths with invective, curses, etc. as words of consecration: thos…

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Hock, Klaus, Steymans, Hans Ulrich, Börner-Klein, Dagmar, Fitzgerald, John T., Krieg, Arno and Germann, Michael, “Oath”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_04105>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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